Real Good for FREE: Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, 6/30/12

Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Ready for a road trip? Check out the third annual Beacon Riverfest at Riverfront Park in Beacon.

Presented by Local 845, this year’s fest is bigger than ever – expanding to two stages. And it’s still free.

The fest takes place from 12noon-8pm on Saturday (June 30), and here’s the line-up of performers:

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Brooklyn Qawwali Party (thunderous 10-piece Pakistani Sufi music brass band)
Bing Ji Ling (funky R&B)
The Figgs (former Nippertown power pop-rockers)
Schwervon! (party folk-rock-pop duo)
The Octomen (high-octane instrumental surf trio)

And on the second stage – the Kids & Family Tent – you can hear the fabulous M Shanghai String Band performing throughout the day.

ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS:

Skidmore Jazz Institute Concert Series @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs (June 26-July 6)
Freedom Park Concert Series @ Freedom Park, Scotia (various days thru August 29)
Performing Arts at the Common @ Clifton Common Stage, Clifton Park (various days thru August 26)
Summer Concerts @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Brunswick (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Music in the Park @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack (Tuesdays thru July 10)
Cook Park Concert Series @ Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays thru August 28)
Rockin’ On the River @ Green Island Bridge parking lot, Troy (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Music in the Park @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer (Wednesdays thru August 29)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursdays thru August 30)
Alive at Five @ Riverfront Park, Albany (Thursdays thru August 9)
Music in the Garden @ Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Clifton Park (July 6 & August 3)
Backlot Music Festival @ Waterford Public Library, Waterford (Thursdays thru July 26)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (Thursdays thru August 23)
Music in the Park @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays thru August 30)
Fridays at the Lake @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Fridays thru September 7)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (Fridays thru August 31)
Upbeat On the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (Fridays thru August 31)
Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library, Albany (select Fridays thru September 21)
The Summer Sounds of Salem @ the Train Depot Green, Salem, (Saturdays thru September 1)
Fabulous Fourth Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday, July 4
GE’s Kids Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Sunday, July 8
McDonald’s African American Family Day @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, August 4
Empire State Plaza Food Festival @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday, August 15
Local Legends Live @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 8
Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday, September 22
Powers Park Concert Series @ Powers Park, Troy (Saturdays in July and August)

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